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Young Scientists and Entrepreneurs

AEEP recognizes the importance of the inclusion of young scientists and entrepreneurs in high-level dialogues. The joint effort complements the theme of the 2nd Stakeholder Forum to bring business and science together in the context of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES).

The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) and the Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID), organized the first science and business slam of the AEEP at the stakeholder forum. A group of young scientists and entrepreneurs were selected by an experts’ committee to be part of the 2nd Stakeholder Forum of the AEEP. Their areas of expertise range broadly from technologies, socio-economic and environmental aspects of energy generation, and the use of business models addressing energy challenges in Africa.

In the science and business slam, the young scientists and entrepreneurs shared their work in captivating and concise 3 minute presentations. Besides ‘selling’ their ideas to a dynamic audience, they were rated by the committee members for their performance and content in particular its:

  • Relevance – necessity of the research/business in the energy sector,
  • Innovation – Uniqueness and,
  • Economic viability - Bankability of research and attractiveness of business ideas for investors.

Following the ratings by the experts committee and the forum audience, Lois Gicheru (Solafrique, Kenya) and Paul Bertheau (Reiner Lemoine Institut, Germany) were selected as the two winners of the first science and business slam of the AEEP. The performance of all participants was outstanding and enabled them to engage further with several forum participants interested in their work. Below are the profiles of the Young Scientists and Entrepreneurs, their contact details and information on their projects.




Ahmed Abbas

Founder, CEO: Suncity, Egypt
Project: Mobile Solar Pumping System

T: +201 005037347
E: ahmedabbas[at]suncityeg.com
I: LinkedIn Profile

Amare Assefa Ashagire

Founder, CEO: Kenefas Energy Solution, Ethiopia
Project: Solar Powered Green Kiosk

T: +251 911145328
E: yammral[at]gmail.com
I: www.kenefas.com

Andrea Isidori

Co-founder & CEO, EnergHere, Denmark
Project: EnergHere

T: +45 53655313
E: ai[at]energhere.com
I: www.energhere.com

Lois Wambui Gicheru

AEEP Science & Business Slam Winner

CEO, Solafrique, Kenya
Project: Lighting Africa - one solar panel at a time

E: lois[at]solafrique.co.ke

Mbuih Zukane

W4D, Cameroon
Project: Waste for Development

E: mbuihzukane[at]univ-dschang.org

Mercy Manyuchi

Founder & Director, Motocharcoal Trading Company, Zimbabwe
Project: Motocharcoal Briquettes

E: mercy.manyuchi[at]gmail.com

Narcisse Mbunzama Lokwa

AVONAX GROUP, Sweden/Congo
Project: Increasing Energy Access in DRC

T: + 243 826932716
E: mbunzama[at]gmail.com

Kokouvi Edem N’tsoukpoe

Fondation 2iE, Togo
Project: CSP for Africa

T: +226 6876 8891
E: edem.ntsoukpoe[at]2ie-edu.org
I: CSP4Africa webpage
LinkedIn Profile
ResearchGate Profile
YouTube Video

Paul Bertheau

AEEP Science & Business Slam Winner

Researcher, Reiner Lemoine Institut, Germany
Project: Electrification priority planning for Nigeria

T: +49 30 53042012
E: paul.bertheau[at]rl-institut.de
I: www.reiner-lemoine-institut.de
LinkedIn Profile
ResearchGate Profile

Joni Karjalainen

Researcher, Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku, Finland
Project: Emission-Free Energy Pathways In Africa 2050

T: +358 40 702 9691
E: joni.karjalainen[at]utu.fi
S: jkarjalainen1
I : Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC), Neo-Carbon Energy Project
Twitter: @jonikarjalainen
ResearchGate Profile
YouTube Video (Neo-Carbon Energy Project)

Solomon Oyewo

Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
Project: A 100% renewable energy vision for Africa

T: +358469329184
E: solomon.oyewo[at]lut.fi

Impressions of the
Young Scientists and Entrepreneurs Science and Business Slam

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Organizing Partners

Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID)

The Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID) works to strengthen institutional partnerships between scholars and institutions in Finland and in the South. The network builds university capacities through the sharing of scientific knowledge, cooperation on common interests, understanding of development impacts, gathering and dissemination of information, and supporting long-term exchange and cooperation. These activities are essential in accomplishing true sustainable development and equal-footing partnerships.

Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)

The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) is a multi-donor programme that supports the development of markets for renewable energy in Africa through Policy Advisory, Private Sector Cooperation, Access to Finance, and Innovation and Skills Development. In the area of Innovation and Skills Development, RECP supports higher education and vocational training institutions in designing and delivering renewable energy courses and training, and promotes the cooperation between African and European research institutions and industry.

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
  • Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Egypt
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Politecnico di Milano/University of Milan
  • Terna Group